This superb book contains over 150 paintings and drawings that evoke the landscape of Norfolk as it was in the first fifty years of the last century. Compiled almost exclusively from a single collection of works by Horace Tuck, few of the paintings have been seen by the public and none have before been published. Many of the paintings show familiar scenes painted at a time before the car took over, and when farming and fishing were the main activities in the countryside and coast. This is a book that will be enjoyed by all those who know and love Norfolk today, and yet who have a passion for things as they used to be.
Horace Tuck (1876-1951) taught for twenty years at Norwich School of Art (1920-1939), being fondly remembered by those he taught and influencing a generation of artists, many of whom went on to achieve national acclaim. In his younger years he travelled the byways of Norfolk in the company of Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), an influence evidenced in Tuck’s style and certainly in his choice of subject.
The majority of paintings are of recognisable Norfolk scenes, from the coast and landscape around Sheringham and Cromer, to the Broads, including a number in and around the city of Norwich. Others depict working scenes and the everyday life of people in the Norfolk countryside: boatbuilders, farm labourers and the fisherwomen who once followed the herring fleet along the east coast.
While based on a single collection of paintings, the book contains a brief biography of Horace Tuck and sets his work in context against contemporary artists of the Norwich school and artists of national repute.
Simon Butler is a publisher and writer who has contributed to a number of books on art.
ISBN 1841145211, hardback, 258x238mm, 144 pages. Published June 2006.